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May 15, 2018 - home again

The weather in Seattle was perfect. I heard a man on the phone saying that he had been there three days and had a burn from all the sunshine. Not what you expect in Seattle. However, our flight home was delayed by weather here; large thunderstorms were marching across the midwest and they held us on the ground until it seemed likely that we would be able to land when we finally got here. There was some turbulence, but nothing major so we were surprised when we disembarked and the luggage carousels shut down because of lightening. We waited...

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Mar 23, 2018 - board the plane for Fiji

We've been working hard putting away all the big piles of stuff we took out of the motor home after living there for six months and making small piles for the adventure that beings today. After having the freedom to travel with a condensed version of our house, it is a challenge to decide what to bring. We need to stop planning trips that travel through multiple climate zones. After today's stopover in Las Angeles, we will fly on to Fiji, where it surely be hot and humid. When we fly to Australia, the first week will be spent in Tasmania,...

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Mar 14, 2018 - half a day more

Our strategy to linger in the St. Louis area to give the recent snowfall at home a chance to melt was a good one. By the time we got home the sun was out and the roads clear and dry. Since our toilet facilities were in lockdown, we were glad to see that the four rest area between here and there were open. Recently we have noticed states cutting corners and saving money by shutting down these tourist friendly facilities. Most of the time we can stop in any parking lot to have a meal and recharge our figurative batteries in the motor home,...

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Dec 7, 2017 - complain or give thanks?

We enjoy theater and cultural events; that's one of many reasons we are happy to live near Chicago. During December many special performances with a holiday theme are scheduled. Sometimes by the time we get home, most of them are sold out, so I tried to be more proactive this time. We enjoyed the performance of Irving Berlin's White Christmas last week and looked forward to attending the Second City's Dysfunctional Christmas show at the Paramount Theater in Aurora. We knew that this theater had performances of Elf, but thought of it as a...

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Nov 20, 2017 - in a holiday mood

TV reporters standing at the airport lamenting the size of the crowds, seem to have become part of the holiday tradition, whether there really are crowds or not. Granted by flying home on the Monday before Thanksgiving, we were intentionally trying to avoid the worst of it, but you couldn't have asked for a smoother trip home. And we know holiday crowds at the airport. The evening we returned to O'Hare after Christmas when weather delays had totally snarled much of the northern US, there were so many suitcases without owners around the...

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Sep 4, 2017 - summer in review

Summer is our favorite time to be at home. We like to stay out of the way of families, who can only take vacations when school is not in session. The weather allows us to do lots outside and we love to take advantage of the cultural activities that Chicago offers. However, we haven't been able to do those kinds of things until fairly recently and our stay at home has been unusually long. I had surgery May 9 to remove a bone spur in my heel that was shredding my Achilles tendon. Recovery time was forecast to be 6 - 10 months. We couldn't...

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May 3, 2017 - home again

We felt so very lucky that we had enough frequent flyer miles for be able to book a flight home in Business Class via Munich. We left so early, we couldn't have breakfast at the hotel, but the Business Class lounge in Rome provided the hospitality we have come to expect. When we booked the flight, the layover in Germany was adequate, but the airline changed the schedule twice and the interval grew smaller. And the Italians are not noted for punctuality. Sure enough, our departure from Rome was delayed and we lost the gate when we arrived in...

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Mar 28, 2017 - board the plane for Singapore

Usually when we go to the airport on a long trip we rent a car at the local university airport and take ourselves there. It's a bit of a hassle because we have to stop for gas, bring the tollway machine and shuttle from the car lot to the terminal. It's been half the price of a limo: worth it. But this time the tariffs were the same. The limo arrived so early, I didn't have time to wonder if it would show up. Nice! Through judicious management of credit card expenses that earn frequent flyer miles we are flying to Singapore on Cathay...

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Mar 27, 2017 - ready

When we were still in Florida I wondered if we were coming home soon enough to get ourselves unpacked and turned around in time for our next adventure halfway around the world. It turned out that nine days at home were more than sufficient. It's a chore to get the motor home emptied in the 24 hours we have to park it in front of our home, but it always gets done. We found a new place to park it a few miles from our house and only had to go back once to retrieve things we forgot. Ken pumped antifreeze into the water lines for the one night...

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Mar 18, 2017 - it's always something

Usually when we leave for the winter after the holidays, I shovel all the left-over food into the motor home and leave the kitchen clean and empty. With this year's before and after the holidays approach, I left some things behind that didn't seem worth schlepping in the car. There's a very fat mouse somewhere that enjoyed what we left behind. The mess he left wasn't anything that a vacuum couldn't take care of, but we are left wondering if he's still here and now we've brought him a replenished supply of snack food that he can feast on...

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Nov 21, 2016 - home already

It was a bit of a shock to find that we had to scrape the frost off the windshield before we could start driving this morning. Once we got past Nashville, the roads were fairly empty and we made good time, getting home well before sunset. As always the house felt a bit like a mansion after a month in the motor home. After doing a little math we concluded that the drive home cost us about $160 including hotel, far less than an airline ticket for one of us. Of course, there is the cost of spending two days confined in a car, but we're...

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Oct 24, 2016 - time to leave

It's been a beautiful fall with comfortable temperatures and bright blue skies, interspersed with enough showers to keep the lawns bright green. But the forecast is for cooler temps and those days keep getting shorter. We've spent the day packing the motor home, trying to think about what we will need as we return home before Thanksgiving, and travel to Cuba and take a Caribbean cruise from our Titusville campsite early next year. It's been a treat to do that packing in shirt sleeves, rather than climbing over snow drifts into the motor...

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